pester


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pes·ter

 (pĕs′tər)
tr.v. pes·tered, pes·ter·ing, pes·ters
To annoy persistently, as with repeated demands or questions. See Synonyms at harass.

[Probably short for French empestrer, to constrain, embarrass (probably also influenced by pest), from Old French, from Vulgar Latin *impāstōriāre : Latin in-, in; see in-2 + Vulgar Latin *pāstōria, a hobble, from Latin, feminine of pāstōrius, of a herdsman (from pāstor, herdsman; see pā- in Indo-European roots).]

pes′ter·er n.

pester

(ˈpɛstə)
vb
(tr) to annoy or nag continually
[C16: from Old French empestrer to hobble (a horse), from Vulgar Latin impāstōriāre (unattested) to use a hobble, from pāstōria (unattested) a hobble, from Latin pāstōrius relating to a herdsman, from pastor herdsman]
ˈpesterer n
ˈpesteringly adv

pes•ter

(ˈpɛs tər)

v.t.
1. to bother persistently with petty annoyances; trouble.
2. Obs. to overcrowd.
[1530–40; perhaps aph. variant of empester to tangle, encumber < Middle French empestrer < Vulgar Latin *impāstōriāre to hobble = Latin im- im-1 + -pāstōriāre, v. derivative of *pastōria a hobble (see pastern); reinforced by pest (compare -er6)]

pester


Past participle: pestered
Gerund: pestering

Imperative
pester
pester
Present
I pester
you pester
he/she/it pesters
we pester
you pester
they pester
Preterite
I pestered
you pestered
he/she/it pestered
we pestered
you pestered
they pestered
Present Continuous
I am pestering
you are pestering
he/she/it is pestering
we are pestering
you are pestering
they are pestering
Present Perfect
I have pestered
you have pestered
he/she/it has pestered
we have pestered
you have pestered
they have pestered
Past Continuous
I was pestering
you were pestering
he/she/it was pestering
we were pestering
you were pestering
they were pestering
Past Perfect
I had pestered
you had pestered
he/she/it had pestered
we had pestered
you had pestered
they had pestered
Future
I will pester
you will pester
he/she/it will pester
we will pester
you will pester
they will pester
Future Perfect
I will have pestered
you will have pestered
he/she/it will have pestered
we will have pestered
you will have pestered
they will have pestered
Future Continuous
I will be pestering
you will be pestering
he/she/it will be pestering
we will be pestering
you will be pestering
they will be pestering
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been pestering
you have been pestering
he/she/it has been pestering
we have been pestering
you have been pestering
they have been pestering
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been pestering
you will have been pestering
he/she/it will have been pestering
we will have been pestering
you will have been pestering
they will have been pestering
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been pestering
you had been pestering
he/she/it had been pestering
we had been pestering
you had been pestering
they had been pestering
Conditional
I would pester
you would pester
he/she/it would pester
we would pester
you would pester
they would pester
Past Conditional
I would have pestered
you would have pestered
he/she/it would have pestered
we would have pestered
you would have pestered
they would have pestered
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.pester - annoy persistentlypester - annoy persistently; "The children teased the boy because of his stammer"
bedevil, dun, rag, torment, frustrate, crucify - treat cruelly; "The children tormented the stuttering teacher"

pester

verb annoy, worry, bother, disturb, bug (informal), plague, torment, get at, harass, nag, hassle (informal), harry, aggravate (informal), fret, badger, pick on, irk, bedevil, chivvy, get on your nerves (informal), bend someone's ear (informal), drive you up the wall (slang), be on your back (slang), get in your hair (informal) He's always hanging round and pestering me.

pester

verb
1. To disturb by repeated attacks:
2. To trouble persistently from or as if from all sides:
Translations
يُزْعِج، يُضايِقيُضَايِقُ
dotíratobtěžovattrápit
plagetrygle
vaivata
gnjaviti
angra
悩ませる
괴롭히다
grizintiįkyrėti
nelikt mierāuzmākties
nadlegovati
besvära
รบกวน
quấy rầy

pester

[ˈpestəʳ] VTmolestar, fregar (LAm)
is this man pestering you?¿la está molestando este hombre?
he's always pestering mesiempre me está dando la lata
she pestered me for the bookestuvo dando la lata para que le prestara el libro
he pesters me with his questionsme fastidia con sus preguntas
to pester sb to do sthdar la lata a algn para que haga algo

pester

[ˈpɛstər] vtharceler
to pester sb for sth → harceler qn pour qch
to pester sb to do sth → harceler qn pour qu'il fasse qch

pester

vtbelästigen; (= keep on at: with requests etc) → plagen; to pester the life out of somebodyjdm keine Ruhe lassen; she pestered me for the booksie ließ mir keine Ruhe wegen des Buches; to pester somebody to do somethingjdn bedrängen, etw zu tun

pester

[ˈpɛstəʳ] vttormentare, molestare
stop pestering me! → smettila di scocciarmi!

pester

(ˈpestə) verb
to annoy (someone) frequently or continually. He pestered me with questions; She pestered him to help her.

pester

يُضَايِقُ obtěžovat plage belästigen παρενοχλώ dar la lata, molestar vaivata tourmenter gnjaviti seccare 悩ませる 괴롭히다 lastig vallen plage gnębić incomodar докучать besvära รบกวน rahatsız etmek quấy rầy 纠缠
References in classic literature ?
But why pester one with all this reasoning on the subject?
"I'd write a story once in a while, but I wouldn't pester editors with it.
Stand firm, and your mamma will soon relinquish her persecution; and the gentleman himself will cease to pester you with his addresses if he finds them steadily rejected.'
She did not pester their young brains with too much learning, but, on the contrary, let them have their own way in regard to educating themselves; for what instruction is more effectual than self-instruction?
He said Jubiter pestered him and aggravated him till he was so mad he just sort of lost his mind and grabbed up a stick and hit him over the head with all his might, and Jubiter dropped in his tracks.
For I have already told the reader how much I was pestered by these odious animals, upon my first arrival; and I afterwards failed very narrowly, three or four times, of falling into their clutches, when I happened to stray at any distance without my hanger.
He had told Mildred that he was sick of being pestered, and she had better take herself off and not bother him again.
You don't know how Kutuzov is pestered since his appointment as Commander in Chief.
The children stopped their crying, Lamai retied Jerry with the stick, Lenerengo harangued herself breathless, and Lumai departed with hurt feelings for the canoe house where stags could sleep in peace and Marys pestered not.
He devel- oped the acute exasperation of a pestered animal, a well-meaning cow worried by dogs.
He evidently quailed under his jokes, and sat blinking like an owl in daylight, when pestered by the flouts and peckings of mischievous birds.
Satan lay sound asleep on his back under the billiard table, in his sleep brushing at the flies that pestered him.